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Risks/Disadvantages associated with Wine

I wanted to run windows applications on ubuntu. So i installed winehq. My question is that, is it secure to run windows applications on linux? Will my computer become vulnerable to virus??

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marked as duplicate by Tom Brossman, Mik, Eliah Kagan, con-f-use, LnxSlck Oct 28 '12 at 20:20

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Linux itself will not be vulnerable as long as you don't do something silly like give it access to /.

Wine on the other hand is still susceptible to viruses, since it is designed to emulate a Windows environment, however in many cases it is different enough that most nasty code will not have much affect.

Maybe install clam-av and use that to make sure your /home and especially the Cdrive folder stays clean.

You're probably very safe if you don't use Windows internet and social media apps - and you don't really need to because there are good ones available for Ubuntu.

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The last section of the WINE FAQ "Risks" is a little more detailed here:… – Paul Hänsch Oct 28 '12 at 7:52

as already said, your linux distro is completely safe... Wine does not emulate windows. Only the required APIs to start most of the programs. If you think your wine version contains a virus just reinstall it but be sure to delete your personal wine files before reinstalling...

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The wine documentation says otherwise. – Paul Hänsch Oct 28 '12 at 7:44

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